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'Let the Corpses Tan' TIFF 2017 Review: Art house meets grindhouse

September 13, 2017Ben MK

There's a basic aesthetic to thrillers and horror movies that the vast majority of genre filmmakers don't dare go beyond. However, that's not the case for Let the Corpses Tan, the latest cinematic experiment from the directors of The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears.

Set along the sun-drenched Mediterranean coast, Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani's heavily stylized story of a trio of armored car robbers who end up in a violent Mexican standoff with cops, quarreling lovers and each other can be described as equal parts action, horror and spaghetti western. However, if there's one thing this film isn't, it's conventional. Blurring the line between exploitation and art, this twisted tale of greed, lust and murder scoffs at mainstream narrative constructs, abandoning them in favor of more visionary designs.

Depending on the viewer, the results may vary. Some might appreciate Cattet and Forzani's eagerness to upend genre norms, while others may find their patience tested by the movie's frequent diversions into art house territory. Either way, final judgment is best reserved for the moviegoer curious enough to purchase a ticket for this ride.

Let the Corpses Tan is receiving its North American premiere as part of TIFF 2017's Midnight Madness programme. Its runtime is 1 hr. 32 min.

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